Journals Higher Education



Published: 26 January 2016

360 Pages | 15 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190262075

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Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity

Paul K. Longmore

  • Provides the first cultural history of a fundraising form that became a fixture in American life, marshalling two decades' worth of painstaking research
  • Investigates familiar staples of the telethon such as "poster children," the comedic emcee, and the concept of "conspicuous contribution."
  • Serves as a chronicle of disability history in the postwar US, charting the changing depiction of the disabled from objects of pity in the Fifties and Sixties to figures of empowerment in the late twentieth century
  • Features an afterword from noted Disability Studies scholar, Carol J. Gill